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FSF India

Welcome to the website of the Indian affiliate of the
Free Software Foundation

Free software is a matter of freedom, not cost. It is a matter of liberty, not price. The word `free' in free software has a similar meaning as in free speech, free people and free country and should not be confused with its other meaning associated with zero-cost. Think of free software as software which is free of encumbrances, not necessarily free of cost. Think of it as swatantra software.

FSF India is a non-profit organisation committed to advocating, promoting and propagating the use and development of swatantra software in India. Our goal is to ensure the long term adoption of free software, and aim for the day when all software will be free. This includes educating people about software freedom and convincing them that it is the freedom that matters. We regard non-free software as a problem to be solved, not as a solution to any problem.


May 12,2003

Cyberscape ,the company which released the first set of Indic fonts under GPL has withdrawn some of the fonts due to possible copyright issues.

Cyberscape ,which released the Akruti fonts under GPL has withdrawn the following fonts due to possible copyright issues.

Devnagari - dev1-n.ttf and dev1-b.ttf

Gujarati - guj2-n.ttf and guj2-b.ttf

Bengali - bng1-n.ttf and bng1-b.ttf

Kannada - knd2-n.ttf and knd2-b.ttf

Tamil - tml2-n.ttf and tml2-b.ttf

Telugu - tlg1-n.ttf and tlg1-b.ttf

Punjabi - pnj1-n.ttf and pnj1-b.ttf

Oriya - ori2-n.ttf and ori2-b.ttf

Malayalam - mal1-n.ttf and mal1-b.ttf

FSF-India discourages the use of the above mentioned fonts for your work, particularly GPL based work.

We regret for the inconvenience caused.

February 26,2003

Classification of Free Software as a World Cultural Heritage

APRIL and FSF Europe set up a working group to have Free Software classified as an intangible world cultural heritage by UNESCO.


February 25,2003

Free Software magazine by Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya

The Laboratory in Informatics for the Liberal Arts(LILA) of the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya(Hindivishwa) has published a Bilingual Magazine on Free Software.


February 24,2003

Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay has posted a nice article giving the details of Richard Stallman's speech in Kolkata.

RMS was scheduled to speak on "The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System".Details

February 11,2003

Richard Stallman is scheduled to come to India in February 2003.

RMS,will be in India from 13th Feb. to 25th Feb.Various talks have been organized(Updated details)

February 1,2003

Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research(SICSR),Pune ,under its annual Unify Festival has organized the first "GNUnify - The All India Free Software Festival".

November 16, 2002

IT@School project, Kerala: FSUG-Kochi submits memorandum

The Free Software User Group, Kochi, today sumitted a memorandum to the Government of Kerala regarding the choice of software and syllabus prescribed for the IT@School project:

"[W]e submit that implementation of the scheme as it is would harm the long term interests of our State, the general public and the Country. There would be very serious violation of our citizens' basic legal and constitutional rights. ... We wish, by this letter, to bring to your kind attention, the following issues and request you to remedy them without further delay." Read the full memo...

October 2002

FSF India website revamped

We need help with the development and maintenance of the website.

September 2002

FSF India becomes a legal entity

The Free Software Foundation of India has been registered as a non-profit company under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956.

Contact Information

Please send inquiries about FSF India to gnu at gnu.org.in

You can also reach us at:

The Free Software Foundation of India

Comments on these web pages may be sent to fsf-webmaster at gnu.org.in

FSF India
Activities & Services

Discuss issues of Software Freedom, activities of FSF-India, and Free Software developments related to India on our Mailing lists.

Visit Freedom Matters!, our web-magazine and online discussion forum.

Join us: Become a FSF-India volunteer.

Register your business or service in our Free Software business directory.

Browse a directory of Indian contributions to the Free Software pool.

Download free software from our Software Downloads section.

Our technical resources page contains user contributed links to technical resources related to free software.

Ongoing Free Software projects in India:

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